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How fun would it be to set up a retro Ice Cream Float Bar at your next party? Not only is it entertaining for the kiddos, but the grown ups will love to relive their childhoods!

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Here I am again with another build-your-own party station idea! Can you tell I’m obsessed?

My last party involved a beautiful and delicious Bruschetta Bar. This time, maybe inspired by the insanely hot weather here in the East Coast, I decided to go with something involving ice cream and soda. The results? A very fun and retro Ice Cream Float Bar that is destined to be a hit!

Because who doesn’t love a classic ice cream float?

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The setup couldn’t be easier. All you need are a few flavors of ice cream, some bottles of soda and festive toppings. Say goodbye to party planning stress! Party stations are a trend for a reason: it’s minimal work in exchange for lots of fun and engaged guests. What could be better than that?

If you’re anything like me, you will also want to decorate the station (or even the whole party) in a 50’s diner feel. But don’t you worry, I got some printables for you to make your life easier!

But enough with the talking. It’s time to get this party started! Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up your own customized ice cream float bar.

Ice Cream Float Bar | www.oliviascuisine.com | How fun would it be to set up a retro Ice Cream Float Bar at your next party? Not only is it entertaining for the kiddos, but the grown ups will love to relive their childhoods!STEP ONE: Beverages

Sure, we all think of root beer when we think of a classic soda float, but variety is the key to a DIY station’s success. Think glass bottled sodas, juices, chocolate milk, even cold brewed coffee and/or a few bottles of stout for the adults.

For this party, I went to my local Walmart and grabbed a few bottles of the classic: IBC Root Beer, IBC Cream Soda, Crush Orange and Strawberry. These are my favorites because not only they are made with REAL sugar, they are also pretty affordable (running at about $2.75 for a pack of 4). You can save even more when you earn cash back with the Ibotta app.

Three to four variety of sodas and/or some of the other beverages mentioned above are more than enough for a lot of fun combinations.

Oh, and don’t forget to leave a bottle opener or two at the station, because your guests won’t be able to make their floats if they can’t open the soda bottles. ? (If your guests are children, maybe try to remember of opening a few bottles every now and then, so they don’t have to deal with the bottle opener. Safety comes first, always!)

Ice Cream Float Bar | www.oliviascuisine.com | How fun would it be to set up a retro Ice Cream Float Bar at your next party? Not only is it entertaining for the kiddos, but the grown ups will love to relive their childhoods!STEP TWO: Ice Cream

Stick to the basics here. You can’t go wrong with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry! These classic flavors, combined with a good variety of beverages, will create inumerous possibilities of delicious ice cream floats!

But don’t let my simplicity stop you if you are crazy about bold creations. If a Pistachio Ice Cream Float is what your heart wants, then by all means, get the pistachio ice cream. The beauty of a Build-Your-Own station is that you get to go as simple or as crazy as you’d like!

For the sake of practicality, you could pre-scoop the ice cream and leave it in the freezer until ready to serve. When it’s party time, all you need to do is place the pre-scooped ice cream in a cute vintage bucket or container. That is especially recommended if you’re serving kids, as it minimizes the mess that will result from them scooping their own ice cream.

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Ice Cream Float Bar | www.oliviascuisine.com | How fun would it be to set up a retro Ice Cream Float Bar at your next party? Not only is it entertaining for the kiddos, but the grown ups will love to relive their childhoods!STEP THREE: Toppings

Now is the time to get creative! You can make a great ice cream float with basic ice cream and soda, but you gotta top it like a champ!

Here’s a few ideas:

  • Whipped Cream (Duh! Gotta have it!)
  • Pitted cherries (It’s summer time, so I went with fresh. But the classic is the jarred Maraschino cherry.)
  • Sliced fruit, like strawberries, orange (for Creamsicle Floats), berries and/or bananas.
  • Shaved chocolate
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Sprinkles
  • Cocoa powder for dusting
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Salted Caramel sauce
  • Shortbread or sugar cookies

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Ice Cream Float Bar | www.oliviascuisine.com | How fun would it be to set up a retro Ice Cream Float Bar at your next party? Not only is it entertaining for the kiddos, but the grown ups will love to relive their childhoods!STEP FOUR: Suggest a few combos!

Every time I throw a Build Your Own party, there’s always a few guests that are shy and don’t know what to do with themselves. So I learned to suggest a few combinations to help them get started.

You can either print out a suggested menu with a few recipes or even just a basic formula “2 scoops ice cream + soda + toppings”. Hopefully, after they get the hang of it, they will start having fun and creating some cool floats.

These are a few of my favorite combinations:

  • Classic Root Beer Float: vanilla ice cream + root beer + whipped cream + cherry on top
  • Creamsicle Float: vanilla ice cream + orange soda + whipped cream + orange slice
  • Strawberry Cream Float: vanilla ice cream + strawberry soda + whipped cream + fresh strawberries + sprinkles + shortbread cookie
  • Strawberry Cream Float Version 2: strawberry ice cream + cream soda + whipped cream + fresh strawberries + sprinkles + shortbread cookie
  • Chocolate Float: chocolate ice cream + cream soda or root beer + whipped cream + sprinkles
  • Salted Caramel Root Beer Float: vanilla ice cream + root beer + whipped cream + salted caramel sauce

And then we can start getting a little crazy:

  • Cookies and Cream Float: cookies and cream ice cream + cream soda + whipped cream + crushed oreos
  • Harry Potter’s Butter Beer: vanilla ice cream + butterscotch soda + whipped cream
  • Peanut Butter Float: peanut butter ice cream + root beer + whipped cream + peanut butter cups
  • Key Lime Float: lime sherbet + lemon lime soda + whipped cream + lemon slice
  • Cherry Cheesecake Float: cream cheese ice cream + cherry soda + whipped cream + crushed graham crackers + cherry

Seriously, I could go on and on for DAYS! The sky’s the limit where ice cream floats are concerned and I love watching my guests to see what they are coming up with! Be the hero of your family with these products and create a sweet treat to celebrate every day.

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This is my favorite part, as I always loved a good themed party!

These are a few suggestions of retro decorations, 50’s diner style. You can keep it simple or go full-on party monster, if that fits your style/budget.

  • Glasses: some vintage milkshake style glasses or retro soda glasses are ideal, but any tall glasses will do. Just make sure you have enough for all your guests!
  • Long ice-tea spoons
  • Fun retro party straws
  • Fun retro napkins
  • Vintage ice cream scoop
  • Retro ice cream containers/buckets
  • Old Fashioned napkin and straw dispensers
  • Retro diner check pads (you can write the recipes here)
  • A jukebox! (One can dream, right?)
  • Retro metal Open/Closed sign

If you’re anything like me, you won’t miss the opportunity to also dress up in a vintage-inspired outfit. After all, you gotta look the part, right?

FREE PRINTABLES

In addition to these decorations/props suggestions, I created some printables to make your Ice Cream Float Bar even more festive. There’s a sign, some labels for the whipped cream canisters and some paper straw flags.

Just download the PDF files, print them out and have fun decorating your party!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this Build-Your-Own Bar idea! I had a lot of fun setting up this party and my guests had even more fun enjoying delicious ice cream floats on a hot summer day.

But now, tell me. What kind of ice cream+soda floats your boat? Share your favorite flavor in the comments below! ?

Ice Cream Float Bar

Ice Cream Float Bar

Ingredients

Classic Root Beer Float:

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • IBC Root beer
  • Whipped cream
  • Garnish: cherry

Creamsicle Float:

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Orange Crush soda
  • Whipped cream
  • Garnish: orange slice

Strawberry Cream Float

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Strawberry Crush soda
  • Whipped cream
  • Garnish: fresh strawberries, colorful sprinkles and shortbread cookie

Chocolate Float

  • 2 scoops chocolate ice cream
  • IBC Cream soda or root beer
  • Whipped cream
  • Garnish: chocolate sprinkles or grated chocolate

Instructions

  • Scoop the ice cream into a tall glass.
  • Top with the soda, add the whipped cream and garnish with the desired ingredients.
  • Serve immediately!
  • Looking for the retro sodas for your Ice Cream Float Bar? Walmart has you covered!

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